Saturday, November 10, 2012
Ailing LeBron, Wade both practice
By Michael Wallace
MEMPHIS -- Miami Heat teammates LeBron James and Dwyane Wade both practiced Saturday despite dealing with an injury and illness, respectively, and both expect to play Sunday against the Memphis Grizzlies.
James continued to receive extensive treatment for a right knee contusion he sustained in Friday's win against Atlanta, but plans to fight through the soreness and stiffness to play.
Wade missed Friday's game against the Hawks with flu-like symptoms and still sounded congested as he spoke to reporters Saturday. But he mustered enough energy to get through the light practice, and also beat teammate Ray Allen in a three-point shooting contest after the workout.
"They both were able to participate, and I anticipate them both playing (Sunday)," Heat coach Erik Spoelstra said. "(James) is not 100 percent. He's fighting through some nagging issues, and that's one of them. But it hasn't stopped him from working. It hasn't stopped him from practices or games yet. We're just trying to manage it while keeping him healthy and trying to get him better."
James was hurt when he banged knees with Hawks forward Josh Smith during a collision in the lane as James was driving into the post. James received treatment at halftime and returned to finish the game with 21 points, 11 rebounds and nine assists in 36 minutes.
He told ESPN.com that he has also been dealing with some general soreness in his left knee. When asked if he felt well enough to play if the game were Saturday instead of Sunday, James said he would need to talk to the Heat's coaching staff and trainers to "see if it's worth it."
"It's a little stiff," James said of the knee. "We'll play it by ear. Hopefully, it'll keep getting better today and that I'll be ready (Sunday). I mean, I could play. I should be all right."
James and Wade are the Heat's two leading scorers and also lead the team in field goal shooting percentage. The Grizzlies are the second opponent on the Heat's six-game trip that continues Monday in Houston before they move on to face the Los Angeles Clippers, Denver and Phoenix.
Wade believes he caught a virus from his oldest son, who had been ill last week and spread the cold throughout the household. Wade, who watched Friday's game from the team's hotel in Atlanta, said he has been taking medicine throughout the weekend and wanted to get a sweat going.
"It's just (about) trying to get some rest and some fluids," Wade said. "You want to get some rest, but you don't want to be laying around too much. Just figure it out and be ready. That's what I told myself. I want to get ready to play Sunday. So I should be able to do that, with me coming out (Saturday) and being able to get on the court."